NICHD's research goals related to newborn screening fall into several broad categories.
- Identify, develop, and test the most promising newborn screening technologies.
- Increase the specificity of newborn screening.
- Expand the number of conditions for which screening tests are available.
- Improve and evaluate treatments and disease management strategies for detectable conditions that can currently be treated and for other genetic metabolic, hormonal, and/or functional conditions that can be detected through newborn screening for which treatment is not yet available.